Reverend Eknes-Tucker v. Marshall
UPDATE: A federal judge halted the Alabama law criminalizing parents for obtaining essential medical care for their transgender children. Learn more.
Facing criminal penalties and a devastating loss of essential medical care for their children, Alabama parents, medical providers, and Rev. Eknes-Tucker of Pilgrim UCC Church in Birmingham are asking a federal court to block a law criminalizing well-established medical care for transgender youth from taking effect.
A hearing on plaintiffs motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction is taking place May 5, 2022 in Montgomery.
Brief of American Academy of Pediatrics and additional national and state medical and mental health organizations in support of plaintiffs’ motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction
The Texas and Alabama Measures Criminalizing Medical Treatment for Transgender Children and Adolescents Rely on Inaccurate and Misleading Scientific Claims
(Report from Faculty from the Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center and Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Colleagues)
The law, SB 184, punishes parents and their children’s doctors for providing – or even suggesting – well-established essential medical care for their transgender children. The punishment can include up to 10 years in prison.
The filing in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama – Northern Division is on behalf of four Alabama parents, a private practice pediatrician, a clinical psychologist with the UAB medical system, and Reverend Paul Eknes-Tucker, Senior Pastor at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Birmingham. The court filing explains that the law strips them of the right to make important decisions about their children’s healthcare.
The plaintiffs are represented by GLAD, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign, Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, and King & Spalding LLP.